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Here’s why “unwanted babies” aren’t really a thing

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Capital punishment is controversial. Even among supporters, there’s sharp debate over what crimes deserve the death penalty. Mass murder? Treason? How about being “unwanted?” That last one is surprisingly popular.

The idea that we should execute undesired children is bad enough; it gets worse when you see what that can involve. While the Supreme Court has said dismembering a murderer would constitute “cruel and unusual punishment,” a second trimester baby is fair game.

Dr. Anthony Levatino is an obstetrician-gynecologist who’s done over 1,200 abortions, and in the video below, he explains how it’s done.

After the amniotic fluid is removed, the abortionist uses a sopher clamp — a grasping instrument with rows of sharp “teeth” — to grasp and pull the baby’s arms and legs, tearing the limbs from the child’s body.

The abortionist continues to grasp intestines, spine, heart, lungs, and any other limbs or body parts. The most difficult part of the procedure is usually finding, grasping and crushing the baby’s head.

After removing pieces of the child’s skull, the abortionist uses a curette to scrape the uterus and remove the placenta and any remaining parts of the baby.

But here’s the thing about these “unwanted” babies: they’re actually not.

If you aren’t ready to be a parent, then you might hear how forgoing abortion means “giving up” your child to “the system.” It doesn’t: according to the Department of Health and Human Services, the median age for children entering foster care in 2014 was 6.4. And most weren’t weren’t “given up” but taken from their parents.

In reality, couples hoping to adopt outnumber available infants, which is why many have turned to websites like Adoption.com. There, aspiring parents who’ve been approved by a licensed adoption agency can create a profile introducing themselves.

Expectant moms are then able to search profiles by location, religion, family size, and other criteria. The site also provides pregnancy-related information and first-hand accounts from women who’ve been through the adoption process. You can find additional information about pregnancy and adoption along with material support at pregnancy care centers as well.

People will continue to argue over who (if anyone) is worthy of death. What should be obvious is that unexpected babies don’t belong on the list.

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